Sesame-Coated Sautéed Chicken Breasts
8 skinless, boneless chicken breasthalves, about 1/4 pounds each, 2 pounds total weight
Salt to taste, if desired
Freshly ground pepper to taste
¾ cup sesame seeds
7 tablespoons butter, approximately
Juice of half a lemon
- Place each chicken breast half between slices of wax paper or plastic wrap. Pound lightly with a mallet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Dredge the pieces on all sides in the sesame seeds.
- Heat three tablespoons of the butter in a large, heavy skillet and add the breasts in one layer. This may have to be done in two steps, or you may use two skillets. If two skillets are used, double the basic amount of butter. Cook about five minutes on one side. Turn and cook on the second side about five minutes. Then transfer them to a heated serving dish.
- Heat the four remaining tablespoons of butter in a skillet and add the lemon juice. Swirl the butter around until it is hazelnut brown. Pour this sauce over the chicken breasts and serve hot.